Lord Tennyson's Passing

9 Dec 2008

One of New Zealand's top jumpers of the early 1990s,
Lord Tennyson, has been put down at Cambridge Stud at the age of 23.

Cambridge Stud owner Sir Patrick Hogan said the decision was made yesterday to humanely euthanase Lord Tennyson because he was very uncomfortable with a bout of colic.

Sir Patrick said Lord Tennyson came to Cambridge Stud at the completion of his racing career to be a paddock mate for champion sire Zabeel. "He shared a paddock with Zabeel for about four to five years until Keeper arrived to join our stallion roster," Sir Patrick said.

"After that he had another valuable role in being a nurse-maid to foals, yearlings and spelling horses at Cambridge Stud and he performed this role superbly. He had the most wonderful temperament of any male horse I have had anything to do with over the years," he said.

Lord Tennyson was owned and trained by Ann Browne and her husband, the late Ken Browne. His racing career  netted eight wins with his most important victory coming in the 1992 Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m) at Ellerslie.